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WILLIAM MORRIS WOODEN PLAQUE
Circa 1890

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  • Xupes Reference DAMORRISTBC
  • Age Circa 1890
  • Condition The plaque is offered in excellent condition with only a couple of minor drying cracks extending in from two edges and with some light surface wear around the outer edge. An exceptional example which, considering its age, is in very fine condition. A rare opportunity to add this wonderful and unique piece to any serious Arts & Crafts collection!   View More Details

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    Unworn

    Item is in unworn or unused condition and there are no visible imperfections.

    Exceptional

    The item is in exceptional pre-owned condition and shows almost no signs of wear with very few imperfections.

    Excellent

    The item is in excellent pre-owned condition and shows minimal signs of wear with minor imperfections detailed in the condition report.

    Very Good

    The item is in very good condition and shows one or two noticeable signs of wear or patina relative to its age.

    Good

    The item is in good pre-owned condition and shows some general signs of wear or patina relative to its age.

    Fair

    The item is in fair pre-owned condition and shows overall wear or patina relative to its age.

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  • On offer is this extremely rare and exceptional Arts & Crafts carved wooden panel applied with coloured enamels attributed to William Morris and dating from around 1890. The rectangular plaque is relief carved and is typical of the inspiration and style promoted by Morris. The plaque portrays a standing elongated ecclesiastical figure, probably Christ, with the dove of peace at his feet. The bearded figure stands in front of a heavily fruiting vine and forms the shape of the cross with his arms outstretched. The vine probably represents the tree of life abundant with fruit. A border of fruiting vines acts as a frame around the carved panel. The panel is screwed onto a piece of ply wood giving the panel strength and we have not removed it to investigate whether it is marked to the back. The panel has been hand decorated in coloured enamels to great effect. Academic opinion suggests that the plaque is the work of William Morris and if not by him believed to be closely associated and certainly inspired by William Morris. One opinion suggested that the figure had an uncanny resemblance to William Morris. Regardless this is an extremely rare find and an exceptional representation of the craft produced during the Arts & Crafts period.

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